Publishers Weekly Review
At the start of this engaging novel from motivational speaker and memoir writer Sundquist (We Should Hang Out Sometime), 16-year-old Will Porter enrolls at Toano High School. Blind since birth, Will knows that if he is going to become a journalist, he must prove that he can live independently in the sighted world. His first day is a fiasco, but Will acclimates quickly and befriends a girl named Cecily. Romance seems destined until Will undergoes a cornea transplant and discovers that Cecily hasn't been entirely forthcoming about her appearance. Will's trust in Cecily is shattered, and he's left wondering whether their relationship is worth salvaging. The plot's beats are predictable, and the interpersonal conflicts can ring false, but Sundquist writes eloquently about what it might be like for someone who was born blind to be given sight. He explores the physical, emotional, and psychological ramifications of Will's change in a thoughtful and evocative manner, providing readers with a fresh perspective on how humans interact with each other and the world around them. Ages 12-up. Agent: Lucy Carson, Friedrich Agency. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
Gr 7 Up-Blind since birth, 16-year-old Will Porter has decided that he is ready to mainstream at a new high school rather than continue attending his former school for blind students. After a few minor missteps, which are presented with humor, he adjusts to the new school and makes some interesting friends along the way. The most unique aspect of this inspiring tale is that it is told exclusively from Will's point of view. The author succeeds at providing readers with a sense of the challenges of day-to-day life for someone with a visual disability, especially for a risk-taking teenager who is striving to be independent. A close friendship and budding romance between Will and fellow student Cecily add further layers. When Will considers surgery to restore his sight, the threat that this possibility poses to the teens' relationship will encourage young adults to think about their own biases related to physical attractiveness and body image. Readers will enjoy the humor and romance of the story while gaining a better understanding of life with a visual disability. Sundquist makes it clear that Will is not defined by his disability; he often has better "vision" than those with eyesight. VERDICT A highly recommended and engaging story for most YA collections.-Theresa Muraski, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Will Porter, blind from birth, has sculpted his world using smells and sounds. When he transfers to a conventional high school to prove his independence, he finds that trusting in others is his biggest challenge. After meeting Cecily and being charmed by her voice and company, Will gets the opportunity he never dreamed of an experimental operation to restore his sight. But with that prospect comes the task of learning the world all over again, as well as learning how to trust Cecily when her secrets are revealed. Rich in sensory detail, this novel pulls readers into Will's world. Sundquist meticulously traces out mundane tasks with fresh takes to highlight how the blind navigate ordinary spaces and occasions from entering a new place for the first time to playing a game of Settlers of Catan. Through Will's postoperative struggles, Sundquist deftly shows the difference between the act of seeing and truly seeing. This fresh and funny coming-of-age story presents an opportunity for readers who take certain abilities for granted to take stock of challenges facing peers.--Suarez, Reinhardt Copyright 2016 Booklist